- Associated Press - Saturday, October 17, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines-based senior care provider company is building a $16 million facility in Cedar Falls.

Care Initiatives is building Pinnacle Specialty Care to replace Windsor Specialty Care, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported (https://bit.ly/1Pyzhov ). Construction began Thursday.

The new complex, scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, will provide skilled nursing care and long-term care, just as Windsor has. But Care Initiatives vice president Steve Marlow says the new facility will offer considerable improvements, including a therapy pool and elimination of multiple levels. Windsor has a second floor that requires use of an elevator.

Pinnacle will have 52 private rooms with private baths, 24 semi-private rooms and a physical therapy wing.

“It will have a separate wing for what we call ‘rehab to home,’ for short-term knee and hip replacements, and therapy service with a separate entrance,” Marlow said.



Marlow says the new facility will employ between 75 and 100 workers, compared with 65 to 80 employees at Windsor.

The location of the new center - near the recently announced UnityPoint Health-Prairie Parkway and close to the planned replacement for Sartori Memorial Hospital - is ideal for a senior care complex, Marlow said.

He also said planners expect the new facility to fill “pretty quickly.”

Launched in 1989, Care Initiatives and Care Initiatives Hospice operate 56 skilled nursing, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s/dementia, assisted living and hospice locations in Iowa.

The Windsor Specialty Care building will be sold after the new center opens, Marlow said.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com

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